Ask a Doctor: Annual eye exams are important
Mon, Nov 19, 2018
“Visiting your eye doctor every year is the best way to maintain healthy sight and potentially prevent some eye diseases,” she says. “An annual visit is ideal, especially if you have eye disease, are at risk for or have diabetes, or are at risk for age-related eye disease.”
The CDC offers the following guidelines for eye exams:
- Children’s eyes should be checked regularly by an eye doctor or pediatrician. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends vision screening for all children at least once between ages 3 and 5 to detect amblyopia or risk factors for the disease, also known as “lazy eye.”
- People with diabetes should have a dilated eye exam every year.
- Some people are at higher risk for glaucoma and should have a dilated eye exam every two years, including African-Americans 40 and older; everyone older than 60, especially Latinos; and people with a family history of glaucoma.
Eye diseases often affect your eyes long before you notice any symptoms. An annual eye exam conducted by a highly trained eye expert can help identify the onset of disease and guide treatment recommendations, Buchholz says.